I believe it may have to do with the length and width of the Mendeola “A” Arms. In order to maintain the correct wheelbase and track width. Those arms infringe into the area where the pedal assembly would go.
I have been thinking that an “A” arm with an offset ball joint position for the steering knuckle. (Probably positioned more rearward would allow the “A” arm rear pivot to be moved forward out of the pedal area.
I hoe Greg is reading this as I was thinking of suggesting this. ...........Bruce
IIRC, once you start moving A-arms, you gotta refigure the Ackerman, and then modify the A-arms and other parts accordingly.